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Poll: Mike Honda and Ro Khanna neck-and-neck in Election

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — An independent election poll released Monday has revealed new info in the contentious rematch between Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna is a tossup with less than a month before Election Day.

A SurveyUSA-KPIX poll shows Khanna garnering support of 38 percent of those who were surveyed, while Honda trailed slightly behind at 37 percent. More than a quarter of those surveyed—26 percent—said they are yet to make their decision. The results are well within the survey’s +/-4.3 percent margin of error and based on 650 registered voters polled Oct. 4-7.

The poll could serve as a possible reaction how voters may be viewing a lawsuit filed by the Honda campaign Sept. 22, alleging Khanna and his campaign manager illegally accessed confidential donor information.

Based on the polling, news of the lawsuit may or may not have tightened up an already close race, but it certainly has not hurt the Honda campaign. Khanna topped Honda in the June primary by less than two percentage points.

Monday’s survey shows the two candidates locked in the tightest neck-and-neck in nearly every crosstab, especially gender and race. However, the poll shows two large disparities — one surprising and one reinforcing a long-standing strength.

Honda holds a 12-point advantage over Khanna among young voters, according to the survey. Those between 18 and 34-years-old favored Honda 35-23. However the subset also has by far the largest percentage of undecided voters at 42.

The sudden shift of young people towards the Honda camp could be significant in light of a massive number of newly registered voters in recent weeks. Young voters tend to favor progressive-leaning candidates.

On the other end of the spectrum, Khanna is holding a strong advantage among independent and Republican voters. Khanna leads Honda among all Republicans, 47-25. and among all independents, 46-31. Meanwhile, all Democrats favor Honda, 47-32.

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Missing Hindu woman found mutilated in Pakistan

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

The Khosla family has donated nearly 2 million dollars to the Nudge Institute to help fight poverty. The philanthropists have donated millions of dollars for many other causes.

And disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-fried pleaded not guilty to eight different counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy before a U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York. U.S. prosecutors allege that under Bankman-Fried’s direction, FTX, once considered one of the largest and most-trusted cryptocurrency exchanges, transferred billions in customer assets to his trading firm, Alameda Research. If convicted of these charges, Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years in prison.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Christmas crash kills Indian American toddler

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

Anil Beephan is now the first Indian American Republican ever to be elected to the New York State Assembly in Albany. So far only Indian American Democrats have been elected to the state legislature. Beephan will also become the first minority to represent Dutchess County and at 29 years old, he’s the youngest GOP rep in the state legislature. He’s currently in the tech industry and has also worked as a volunteer firefighter.

Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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